At the same time, the number of new homes being completed by housing associations is 45 per cent lower than it was in 2009-10, when completions by that sector reached a peak of more than 5,500 units.
Overall, we are building 9,500 fewer homes per year than we were prior to the recession.
In the lead-up to next year’s Holyrood elections, we look forward to a stimulating debate with all parties about how we can deliver many more new homes to meet growing demand in Scotland in the years ahead, while recognising the considerable financial constraints we currently face.
Policy and practice officer,
Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland